As more people are turning to laminate flooring in their homes, a whole new household cleaning industry has emerged. Gone are the days of getting down on your hands and knees to scrub the floor and standard mopping is still overly time consuming and physically taxing. This is where steam mops step up and save your back, and knees, while keeping your laminate floors clean and sanitized. With all these options available, knowing which mop is the best steam mop for laminate floors gets a little murky, so read on to find our thoughts and reviews on the three top steam machines available today.
This little dream is so easy to use and store. It is a little on the heavy side when it comes to steamers at nearly 10 pounds, but the extra weight is well offset by the speed and efficiency of the unit. Once the reservoir has been filled the SI-60 takes a mere 20 seconds to heat up. The large rectangular mop head does speedy work at cleaning up the toughest areas of grime on any laminate floors, and its swivel head makes it easy to slip under furniture and cabinet edges. Corners are a bit more effort but the swivel does make this much easier than the stationary heads which require some. Not all laminate floors are the same, HAAN knows this and they have adjusted their steamer to have multiple steam temperatures to better suit your flooring needs and eliminates those pesky streaks or films that are seen with some of the cheaper models. This particular unit has a total of 15 steam jets to make for quick cleaning and sanitizing, and not only does this little dream do your laminate floors, it also comes with a carpet glide attachment for refreshing and sanitizing your carpets. I will say that I’ve found this unit to be a bit nosey when heating, and doesn’t do as well on other hard surface floors.
This lightweight little mop weighs only 7.2 pounds making it easily maneuverable, and easy to store. The triangular mop head makes for a quick clean under furniture, around corners and into hard to reach areas with little to no effort. No need for potentially damaging chemicals here just fill the water receptacle with clean tap water and in 30 seconds you’re ready to go! Not only will you have a beautiful dirt free floor, but when used as directed this steamer will also destroy numerous germs and bacteria that standard maps leave behind. Two reusable microfiber mop pads come with each mop, one for every day cleaning, and one for heavy duty scrubbing. Two minor complaints, the cord isn’t long enough to clean most kitchens and the mop does not have an always on function for the steam. This is not a big concern for most people as the steam is not needed over the entire floor but is more for use over high traffic areas, and spot cleaning tough spots.
Perhaps the most versatile and effective steam mop on the market is the PowerFresh Steam Mop by Bissell. This little mop is not only light at 7.6 pounds it packs a punch wherever you use it. The swivel head allows for superb access to those hard to get areas under furniture and under cabinets. The 23 foot cord allows for most rooms to be completely cleaned and sanitized without having to unplug and move. The removable water reservoir makes filling quick and easy, fill it up, plug it in and in 30 seconds you’re ready to go. This mop is amazingly good at the quick clean up, and steps up the game when it’s called to get the dirtiest, sticky, nasty mess off your laminate floors. Unlike many other mops, this model features multi-level temp and steam controls at the tip of your fingers. The steam is continuous on this steam machine, just push and go! The mop comes with replaceable water filters to keep the works from getting gummed up by hard water, as well as 2 reusable pads, 1 soft for every day cleaning, and the other a microfiber scrubbing pad. The best feature of this floor steamer is the flip down scrubber. Tough spots and crevices are no competition for this one of a kind feature. Just flip down the scrubber with your toe and power on.
Steam Mop tips and tricks
After having remodeled our home and updating all of our floors we were on a mission to find the best steam mop for laminate floors, this was not as easy as you would think and we soon learned that the best can be made even better by following a few simple tips.
- Tap water is fine, but your filters will last longer and you’ll have fewer streaks using distilled water.
- Sweep your floors completely with a dust mop, or vacuum completely before steaming.
- Use your steam mop often, this is a maintenance tool, and should not be saved only for deep cleaning.
- Invest in a second set of mop pads, you’ll always have a clean mop pad in a pinch
- Wash the mop pads in a quick wash cycle with hot water and no soap before you use it, this will prevent streaks the first time you use your mop
- Do not add any form of chemical cleaner to the water reservoir of any steamer!
- Do not allow the mop to sit idle for an extended time on any one given spot, 15 seconds is perfect for sanitizing.
Our home is where we spend our time with family, enjoying each other and doing the things we love together. Laminate floors are a beautiful addition to these homes, having the right machine to keep them clean and save us time doing chores is essential. These three mops are the very best options for laminate floors, grab yours today and enjoy the extra time with your family!